Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

This event may have occurred during 4th–5th November 1926, or during one of the two days (depending on which sources are most accurate). For 4th November 1926, there was reported to be a storm surge along the west coast of Scotland, which in combination with high river flows, caused considerable flooding on the mouth of some rivers (Eden, 2008). In Glasgow, the sea level was reportedly the highest in 44 years. Reported by the other sources for 5th November 1926, a south-westerly gale caused an “abnormally” high tide at Kirkcudbright, where the water was well over the breastwork at the harbour, and some of the low-lying ground was flooded (Hickey, 1997). Zong and Tooley (2003) report coastal flooding in Broomielaw and Glasgow, citing newspaper reports which mention “serious” damage resulting from flooding in “many” parts of Scotland (The Times, 1926). At Glasgow, the tide was highest since 1882 (see equivalent report of the sea level event of the day previous, above). At Innerleithen, the High Street was completely under water.


  1. Eden, P., 2008. Great British Weather Disasters, London: Continuum UK
  2. Hickey, K.R., 1997. Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at:
  3. Zong, Y. & Tooley, M.J., 2003. A Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks. Natural Hazards, 29(1), pp.13–36. Available at: [Accessed March 5, 2015]
  4. The Times, 1926. The Channel Gale. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.